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Finding a Family: Antwain

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Antwain is a 7-year-old boy with a bright smile and infectious energy and he needs a family to share it with.

Antwain races around the Southridge Grand Prix Arcade in Charleston, scoring huge points in the football and basketball games despite being barely tall enough to reach them.

"He's high energy and very hands-on," said Carol Phipps, who works with Antwain through Wendy's Wonderful Kids. "He's just a lot of fun."

Antwain doesn't want to talk with us on camera because he's still working through some speech issues, but that doesn't keep him from playing games with us.

"I think he's kind of still self-conscious of his speech but once he gets to know you he does talk with you and he opens up," Phipps said.

Sure enough, as Antwain and I compete head to head in a racing game, he grinned and tells me "You're losing!"

Antwain likes to win, and works hard. He's been working through his speech and reading challenges and made significant progress.

"He's pretty on target right now," Phipps said. "I can't say that about the beginning of the summer. He wasn't really able to read on level, and he has practiced and practiced and practiced."

Phipps said Antwain's energy has a softer side, and he is considerate and tender with kids younger or smaller than himself.

He needs a family that can keep up with him on the basketball court, or football field and help him keep up in school.

"Just giving him the opportunity and just really letting him be a kid and develop into his own little self because he's just... he's a doll to be around," Phipps said.

If you'd like to learn more about Antwain or any child up for adoption in West Virginia, call Mission West Virginia at 866-CALL-MWV, or you can send an email to

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